I am of a certain age to remember when Captain Fantastic – the nom de plume of Elton John – was at his most outrageous with his Rocketman outfit and iconic ZOOM! glasses.
A time when the first Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise communicated with his evil enemies the Klingons by video conferencing – although we didn’t have that name for it then.
Now we are all zooming. It is an everyday function. Just like googling came into our life at the beginning of this century. So zoom will be added to the lexicon of our rich vocabulary, and I am sure, the Oxford Dictionary pretty sharpish too.
How the dickens did we survive without it?
My three zoom positives
- I can still operate my business.
- Living on my own with my dog and cat, I am glad to pop up on zoom so people know I am still alive and not been eaten by Alsatian dogs as Bridget Jones worried about in her diary.
- The amazing range of topics available on webinars is outstanding. With nothing on the telly, I joined a zoom group on Tuesday night to sharpen up my backgammon skills. Although the term skill is used loosely when referring to me.
My three zoom negatives
- The use of the zoom mute button : honestly how difficult is it to press the microphone on and off? The red line through it must give some sort of clue. Surely?
- “Can you hear me” once the microphone is unmuted. Duh! That was the purpose wasn’t it? So we could hear you!
- Cutting through the crap, and there is a lot out there. It took a while to find what motivated me and hit my engagement buttons.
Leadership for the new era
Gallup has recently released their report “COVID-19: What Employees Need From Leadership Right Now” in March 2020
Their number one questions was….
How do you lead and inspire employees amid a global pandemic that’s creating anxiety and uncertainty everywhere? This is the most unusual and unpredictable crisis most of us have experienced in our lives.
But there’s no need to start from scratch in trying to confront it. Think zoom!
Gallup has studied how people and workplaces behave in a crisis. They used their analytics and advice to learn how to respond effectively to COVID-19 disruptions.
Gallup has studied global citizens’ worries, fears and confidence during nearly every major crisis of the past eight decades – including the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor and World War II, the Kennedy assassination, upheavals and riots in the 1960s, 9/11, the 2008 global financial crash, and now the COVID-19 pandemic.
One thing is clear. Global citizens look to leadership for a crisis management plan – and to provide confidence that there is a way forward that they can contribute to.
In times of crisis, there are two directions human nature can take us: fear, helplessness and victimization – or self-actualization and engagement. On the latter, if leaders have a clear way forward, human beings are amazingly resilient. There is a documented “rally effect.”
Gallup’s meta-analytics found four universal needs that followers have of leaders:
How Engage & Grow can help
All Engage & Grow’s employee engagement, leadership and cultural change programmes remain effective and have lasting impact when using zoom video conferencing. Why?
Because none of the core principles of exciting teams with engaged minds, fast tracking leadership potential, achieving business goals and inspiring others – have been lost. Zoom online engagement produces the right result if delivered properly.
If you are curious to see how you can get your team re-engaged after lockdown and the steps you can put in place NOW to smooth this transition to the ‘new norm’. Let’s arrange a call so I can help you with some ideas and strategies
OR join me on Tuesday 7th July for me FREE webinar on Keeping your teams engaged in the remote workplace. Register here
I am confident it will be a great investment of your time